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Going to Town (aka The Checkered Flag)


Published 1920s ca. late


Animated cartoon. Presents early long-distance flights using Pennzoil products.


Producer Stocking, M.E. (Hollywood, Calif.)
Sponsor Pennzoil Company
Audio/Visual sound, color

Reviews

Reviewer: CartoonMan - - February 10, 2014
Subject: Was this originally a color cartoon?
I wonder if this is a black and White print of a color cartoon. There were processes, like the Kinemacolor process, in which every frame was either red and green. That would explain the intense flickering in the image.
Reviewer: A/V Geeks - - February 9, 2014
Subject: Flickering
This is in the transfer and wasn't introduced while digitizing.
Reviewer: JimiMod - - February 9, 2014
Subject: M.E. Stocking Cartoon Breaks Barriers
Considering the date and the tools available at the time, that this cartoon looks amateurish, as far as the featured characters and sets are concerned is of little consequence. The fluttering technique of certain elements constantly and rapidly changing from gray to black is not something I've witnessed previously. Some Fleischer productions used this technique in short bursts (Koko's World Control?) but to use it for the full length of the project renders a surrealistic vision that as a cartoon fan since the 1950s I find odd at the very least as well as an unprecedented treasure of animation experimentation. Freakin' weird is what it is!
Reviewer: Frank Panucci - - February 7, 2014
Subject: File is oddly defective
On alternating frames, grey tones are represented by grey, then black. This flickering makes it nearly unwatchable.

The cartoon itself does not necessarily look like a 1920s cartoon. It's very unusual and amateurish. I'd like to see a defect-free copy.
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